WTO agrees to unconditional 17-year exemption from pharmaceuticals patents for world’s poorest nations

Chemical patents3 Nov, Sangeeta Shashikant, Third World Network: – The United States and the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at the World Trade Organization have reached agreement ad referendum on a pharmaceutical patent exemption for a duration of 17 years. This exemption means that the world’s poorest nations will not be obliged “to implement or apply” or “to enforce” patents as well as test data protection for pharmaceutical products until 1 January 2033. Continue reading

A technology bank for LDCs?

LDC technology bankA Technology Bank that supports science, technology and innovation in the world’s poorest countries is both “feasible and desirable”, says a report drawn up by a high-level panel of experts, presented to United Nation Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York. The study, delivered in September, proposes that a Technology Bank for Least Developed Countries be established in the 2015-2016 period and headquartered in Turkey. Continue reading

India blockades Nepal, objecting to the country’s new Constitution

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Global Goals will not work unless Least Developed Countriese are made a top priority

post2015_cover24 September 2015: LDC Watch, the umbrella group for civil society organisations from Least Developed Countries has insisted that the Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed unless there are additional measures to help LDCs. These include an increase in ODI to LDCs, debt cancellation, technology transfer without intellectual property rights, measures to protect against the plunder of LDCs’ natural resources, common but differentied responsibilities and immediate finance to mitigate the effects of climate change. Continue reading

L’education des filles progresse

School girls in Africa23-sept.:L’éducation des filles gagne du terrain dans le monde, mais certaines zones géographiques restent à la traîne, souligne un rapport de l’Unicef. Progrès pour les enfants fait le point sur la scolarisation primaire et secondaire des enfants dans le monde, au regard de deux objectifs de l’ONU : combler le fossé entre les sexes en matière de scolarisation en 2005 et garantir que, d’ici à 2015, tous les enfants aient une éducation primaire complète.

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Afrique: La Menace des dechets plastiques

SenegalLa menace des déchets plastiques ou « péril plastique » est de plus en plus prise en charge en Afrique. Après plusieurs pays de la sous-région, le Sénégal écologique a entamé la croisade en prenant le taureau par les cornes, d’une législation prudente qui circonscrit l’interdiction aux « sacs en plastique à bretelles et d’une épaisseur inférieure à 30 microns » Continue reading

l’Afrique 2015 : la CEA prône l’industrialisation par le commerce

20081028_DeathTrapTrade_EditedLe commerce peut contribuer à accélérer l’industrialisation et la transformation structurelle de l’Afrique. C’est ce qu’affirme avec force le Rapport économique sur l’Afrique 2015 de la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique (CEA). Le rapport s’appuie notamment sur les messages clés des deux éditions précédentes, qui préconisaient l’industrialisation fondée sur les produits de base et soulignaient le rôle important de la politique industrielle dans la transformation structurelle. Continue reading

Africa: Local political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land

images (6)17 April Jeffrey Moyo  (IPS) – There is a new scramble for Africa, with ordinary people being displaced by the affluent and  powerful as huge tracts of land on the continent are grabbed by a minority, rights activists say. “Our forefathers cried foul during colonialism when their land was grabbed by colonialists more than a century ago, but today history repeats itself, with our own political leaders and wealthy countrymen looting land,” Claris Madhuku, director of the Platform for Youth Development (PYD), a democracy lobby group in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

IS USAID helping Haiti to recover or US contractors to make millions?

 

th (6)Jake Johnson, The Nation, 18 March 2015: The corrugated metal fences surrounding construction sites in downtown Port-au-Prince are covered with a simple message: “Haiti ap vanse,” or “Haiti is moving forward.” Where once many thousands of people made tattered tents and makeshift shelters their home, now massive concrete shells and cranes stand tall amidst the rubble. Returning to Haiti, along with much of the world’s major media, for the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that killed more than 200,000 and displaced 1.5 million, it’s impossible not to see some signs that Haiti is in fact “moving forward.” The large camps of internally displaced persons, the most visible sign of the quake’s lasting impact, have for the most part been cleared, though certainly some remain. But beneath the veneer of progress, a more disturbing reality is apparent.

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Coastal Bangladesh turns too salty for salt-tolerant rice

th135TGCUTPinaki Roy  (the third pole) : As the sea keeps rising due to climate change and affecting coastal Bangladesh, turning the soil and groundwater saline, scientists have been breeding salt tolerant varieties of rice, the main crop in the region. But the sea keeps coming in and turning everything more and more saline, well beyond the point that salt tolerant rice varieties can tolerate.

The latest salt tolerant rice variety – that the scientists released among Bangladeshi farmers as recently as November 20 – can tolerate a salinity of up to 8 deci Siemens per metre (dS/m, equivalent to 512 parts per million). Continue reading